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Ameritrade Holding to Acquire Datek Online

Brokerage Ameritrade Holding (AMTD) agrees to purchase Datek Online Holdings in a deal valued at almost $1.29 billion in stock. Ameritrade plans to issue 216 million shares to pay for Datek. The group of private-equity firms that owns Datek would get a 50% stake in the new company. (4/8)

New York Times (NYT) agrees to acquire 50% of Discovery's Discovery Civilization Channel for $100 million. Separately, Discovery announces it will pay the New York Times $40 million to produce programming for some of its channels over the next five years. (4/8)

Parthus Technology (PRTH) agrees to merge with intellectual property licensing unit of DSP Group (DSPG). DSP holders will own about 50.1%, while Parthus holders will own about 49.9% of the new company, to be named ParthusCeva. (4/5)

Xcel Energy (XEL) sweetens its offer for NRG Energy (NRG) to 0.50 XEL share per NRG share. (4/4)

Centra Software (CTRA) terminates its planned $284 million merger with SmartForce PLC (SMTF). Both companies announced that first quarter results would be below analysts' forecasts. (4/3)

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